Columbans Condemn the Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue and Stand with People of All Faiths against Hatred and Violence

October 30, 2018
Washington, DC

The US Region of the Missionary Society of St. Columban and the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach are deeply shocked and strongly condemn the recent attack against our Jewish sisters and brothers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27. We stand in solidarity with people of all faiths to condemn anti-Semitism, racial hatred, and terrorist violence in all of its expressions.

We extend our heart-felt grief and condolences to the families of the victims, and to our Jewish sisters and brothers who are targets of anti-Semitic hatred and violence across the nation. We hold you and your families in the light, and express our gratitude for the many ways you have been a light for others.

We additionally affirm our gratitude for and solidarity with HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees. named by the shooter as a specific object of hatred. HIAS has been an inspiring leader in assisting refugees of all faiths to find welcome and support in our country.

In recent years, we have seen racial hatred and terrorist violence target Jewish synagogues and Muslim mosques, public schools and African American churches, immigrants and refugees. It is our sacred obligation to stand together against anti-Semitism, racial hatred and terrorist violence in any of its expressions.

As children of God and sisters and brothers to one another, we reaffirm our firm belief that there is a place at the table for every one of us, of every race, religion and creed, and that justice and love will show us the way forward together.


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About the Columban Center
The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach is the advocacy office for the Missionary Society of St. Columban. The Center serves as the line of communication between Columban missionaries serving in 16 countries around the world and policy makers in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to work towards a more just, peaceful, and environmentally sustainable world by engaging in the political process guided by our Catholic faith and the Gospel.